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peanut soba noodle bowls

Hello, friends.

Hello, May!

Raise your hand if you can’t believe it’s already May. May makes me want to strip down to a bikini (or one piece bathing suit, rather!) and jump into crystal clear blue water. May also makes me want to go shopping for lots of summer clothes that I really don’t need.

Actually, since we’re talking about, last week I tweeted out about how I had the undeniable urge to go shopping. Someone responded to me by saying “every time I have that craving I throw money towards paying off my school loan”.

Genius.

But it didn’t happen. Instead I bought some ballet flats on sale and a pair of new ten dollar sunglasses because that’s how I roll.

I also bought this stuff:

Because I wanted to get healthy. And what’s healthier than bok choy, tofu and peanut butter????!

Noodle bowls make me feel healthy because they contain green things. Sometimes even, I’ll drink green tea while I eat the green things. But that doesn’t happen often so don’t get your panties tied up in a bunch.

The sauce is made from yummy things like peanut butter, ginger, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. It’s pretty addicting. I like to call dinners like this “girl food” because if were to give Adam a bowl of boy choy and tofu he would think I’m kidding or something.

It wouldn’t go over well.

But you know what I say in situations like that? More for me!

Peanut Soba Noodle Bowls

serves 4

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Ingredients:

8 ounces soba or udon noodles

4 small bok choys, rinsed

2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced

16 oz small diced extra firm tofu

1 T canola oil

for sauce:

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 T rice vinegar

1/3 cup tamari

1/3 cup warm water

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp honey

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 knob ginger, grated (about 2 tablespoons)

minced fresh cilantro

Directions:

Cook the noodles in boiling salted water then drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blending until smooth, adding more warm water for a thinner sauce if desired.

Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat and heat up canola oil. Once the skillet is very hot, add the tofu pieces and sear on both sides for about four minutes, or until a nice golden crust has formed. Be careful not to stir the tofu around while cooking, just flip once and then remove from heat.

Add the tofu to the noodles along with the bell pepper slices. Bring another pot of water to a boil and quickly blanch the bok choy for about thirty seconds. Remove, squeeze away extra water and then roughly chop and add to the noodle mixture as well.

Divide noodles amongst four bowls and add about a tablespoon of dressing to each bowl. Top each bowl with fresh minced cilantro and serve.

Time:

30 minutes

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85 Comments

  • Reply
    Christie {Nourishing Circle}
    May 2, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Sounds delicious, Jenna!! I have been really craving a bowl made with buckwheat noodles and this looks like the perfect thing!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 2, 2011 at 5:04 am

    udon noodles kind of make my heart skip a beat with their fabulous texture…throw the peanut sauce in there and i’m weak in the knees! this sounds incredible!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    May 2, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I love this! Peanut Noodles are my favorite πŸ™‚

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    Ruth
    May 2, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Just my kind of recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    May 2, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Oooh yum! I love soba noodles. And shopping. In my opinion, we shouldn’t feel guilty about spending money on food (like one might feel after buying clothes or something) because a girl’s gotta eat, right? πŸ˜‰

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    Krystina (Organically Me)
    May 2, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Looooove noodle bowls and peanut sauce.

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    Kamaile
    May 2, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Healthy Nom!

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    Molly
    May 2, 2011 at 5:14 am

    I think if I put any more money towards my student loans, I’d be homeless.

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    Blog is the New Black
    May 2, 2011 at 5:14 am

    sounds wonderful! Love all that cilantro!

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    Tasha @ Voracious
    May 2, 2011 at 5:23 am

    This looks like just the thing to enjoy in this increasingly unbearably hot weather. I love all the pretty bright colors, and the addition of the red pepper flakes would make this perfect. YUM!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    May 2, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Peanut butter + noodles, yum!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    May 2, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Glad to see a peanut sauce recipe! I love ANYTHING with peanut in it, and this would make a nice variation to my usual tofu stir fry repertoire.

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    Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
    May 2, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Ironically, I’m eating a plate of buckwheat soba right now! except it’s in stir-fry form. With coconut curry.

    But this looks awesome, and now I know what to do with my leftover noodles.

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    VeggieGirl
    May 2, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Oooh, classic noodle dish!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I love peanut noodles!

    And I love that idea of when you want to spend money to use it towards debt!

    • Reply
      Baking N Books
      May 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

      I was thinking the same thing…that truly is genius. Who said that?!

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 2, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I like the sounds of this recipe. It looks fresh and tasty – I like.

    I’m a sweet-tooth fanatic, and have lately resolved to “try” and eat more greens. I just bought my first fresh bunch of spinach EVER! Now I have to do something with it πŸ˜‰

    amy*

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    Lucy @ The Sweet Touch
    May 2, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I love these recipes because they are almost impossible to screw up:D I love the combination you have here, thanks for sharing!

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    Caitlin@Quest for Fitness
    May 2, 2011 at 6:28 am

    OMG this looks SOOO good.

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    May 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

    YUM. I make a dish really similar to this all the time because it’s so fast + easy + delicious! I usually just use whatever veggies I have on hand at the time, but I’ve never tried bok choy. Great addition!

  • Reply
    Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    May 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I am definitely raising my hand! Seriously.. the fifth month of the year already! Ahhh time is flying

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    Daisy
    May 2, 2011 at 6:52 am

    looks amazing! I need to make this!

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    May 2, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I mostly love noodle dishes that include peanut butter. It means there’s a totally normal way to enjoy pb at breakfast, lunch AND dinner :).

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    May 2, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Hand is officially raised. I can’t believe it’s May!! Soba noodle dishes always sound so fresh and classy to me, perfect for summer. Plus, let’s be serious…what’s not to love when pb is involved?

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    McKella
    May 2, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I’m in love with anything that contains peanut butter. This is going on my (very long) To Make list. Thanks!

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    hippierunner
    May 2, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Mmm. If I were to give a bowl of bok choy and tofu to my boyfriend, he would love it! Especially with that sauce!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    May 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I’m still not a fan of tofu, but the rest of this looks great. I’m bookmarking it.

  • Reply
    Maria
    May 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

    My kind of meal! I am going to make this soon!

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    Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL
    May 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I have that same urge! Ugh, it’s so weird how it comes at the most inconvenient times. It’s all about give and take, though, I guess!

    http://goldhearted.etsy.com

  • Reply
    Georgie
    May 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

    You have some of the most creative recipes. This one looks exceptionally yummy!

  • Reply
    Erin
    May 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I love dishes like this! I never feel like mine come out as well, so I will definitely be trying this recipe.
    My boyfriend is actually really good at making peanut noodles, but yeah, I have to beg for them. He’s only likely to eat the tofu if it is fried. Which is, of course, delicious. But, I’m happy to have a ‘girl version’ at my disposal!

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    Jenny
    May 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

    MM i love peanut sauce on thai/chinese food. I went to a sushi restaurant the other day and they had something called the Nutty Roll. As you can probably guess it was a combination of peanut butter and shrimp tempura topped with eel and avocado. its’ pretty un-friggin-believable!

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    Moni'sMeals
    May 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

    one of my fav combos! I love your take on it. You are just so good to us!!

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    May 2, 2011 at 9:08 am

    My hand is DEFINITELY in the air. Can’t believe it is MAY>!>!>! The good news: at least now I know what I am making for dinner tonight. I love peanut soba noodles. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    May 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Brian tolerated eating tofu and I think he actually enjoys it now. …last night he was helping me make a stir fry (recipe to come!) and as I was turning around, I saw him pop a peice of the cold, ‘raw’ tofu into his mouth. His face looked kinda scared and so I asked how it was and he said, ‘not as bad as I thought’. lol!! Love that guy. πŸ™‚

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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    May 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Now that’s my kind of food! Seriously.

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    Katherine: Unemployed
    May 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

    ahhh how I love cilantro. think about some scallions in this… just think about it

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    Jesse
    May 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

    i just got my husband into tofu, i think its all about the texture. once it’s got a nice crispy coating, its perfect. this could easily become a staple in our house.

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    Kristin Murdock
    May 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Jenna this looks so yummy… except for the cilantro! {Sorry cilantro lovers! Blame my genetics!} I have never cooked with tofu before — I’m kind of scared of it, but for meatless mondays it may be just the thing. πŸ™‚

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    Lacey @ Lake Life
    May 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I always want to eat healthier when the weather starts getting warmer too!

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    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    May 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I WISH I had the kind of self restraint to not indulge in occasional retail therapy, never mind being able to put that money towards loans. Amazing. Also amazing is that recipe, I can’t wait to try it – I loves me a good peanut sauce.

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    Anna (Munching Mamacita)
    May 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I’m in love with this recipe. I love anything with a peanut butter sauce so thank you for posting this!

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    Mallory
    May 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Sounds like a great recipe…will add it to my must tries. I too can not believe its May, where has the time gone!?!

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    Baking N Books
    May 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I love noodles. And have been wanting to try Soba noodles. Nothing more quick and comforting than noodles with veggies, chicken, marina sauce – and cheese πŸ˜‰ You knew that was going in there…double dose. Ugh πŸ™

    Yeah, your totally a greens girl – your hiding behind the facade of cupcakes!

    πŸ™‚

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    Lindsey@ Lindselicious
    May 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Yum, I love meals like this that “trick” me into eating more greens but also taste delicious. Now I have a craving for this!

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    Jen of My Tiny Oven
    May 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I just love noodles and peanut sauce! Delish!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    May 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    “I like to call dinners like this β€œgirl food” because if were to give Adam a bowl of boy choy and tofu he would think I’m kidding or something”–

    My husband would have thought the same thing 12 years ago. Fast forward to today..and he gets down on his knees and thanks me for changing his eating habits and helping him lose 50 lbs AND that our 4 yr old daughter loves peanut sauce baked tofu and kale salads. She’s 4 πŸ™‚

    Great recipe Jenna…seriously…that is 100% my kinda food. I LOVE peanut sauce anything!

  • Reply
    Katrina
    May 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    This sounds mighty good. Soba noodles are so tasty πŸ™‚

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    Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    May 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    looks fabulous! I love the cilantro, too, it’s my favorite summer herb!

  • Reply
    Bianca Strzelczyk
    May 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Can’t wait to try this healthy recipe AND the healthy money quote!

  • Reply
    R @ Learning As I Chop
    May 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Soba noodles are delicious and pretty healthy too!

  • Reply
    Charissa
    May 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I loooove the idea of mixing pasta with greens…it would minimize the carbs and get more greens in your diet. Totally great. Will be doing this more now!

  • Reply
    Liz
    May 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you Jenna! I love peanut noodles, it’s a “girl food” at my place too…sorry dear I guess you’ll have to make dinner for yourself tonight!

  • Reply
    Dee
    May 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    ooh, i’m going to have try this one too!

  • Reply
    Happy When Not Hungry
    May 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    This noodle bowl looks delish! Love the flavors. This is light and perfect for spring. Yum as usual!

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    DessertForTwo
    May 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Oh my yum! I can’t wait to add this to my repertoire! πŸ™‚

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    Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    May 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Soba noodles and peanut butter always create happiness in my mouth. I will definitely raise my hand to the shock of May.

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    khushboo
    May 3, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Perfect timing! I was just about to search for a good noodle recipe and what’s better than pb! I’m going to replicate it but replace tofu with prawns πŸ™‚

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    Courtney Hernandez
    May 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I made this recipe last night (and ate the rest for lunch today, ha) and, oh my, it was delicious. Even my husband, Mr. If It Doesn’t Have Meat It’s Not a Meal, loved it and has already asked when I will make it again. But my favorite thing about this recipe? I had nearly everything already in my pantry. I love it when that happens.

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    Aggie
    May 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I want this like it’s nobody’s business. I’ve been thinking of peanut noodles all day, and here they are right in front of me. I don’t buy bok choy often for some reason, tomorrow will be the day, it’s going on the grocery list. this looks so delicious…I’m so in the mood to be healthy.

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    Owen Smith
    May 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Just made this for the family. It turned out great! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my food processor handy as we are living in an apartment temporarily and it is packed in storage. I adapted by heating up the ingredients in a sauce pan and using sriracha instead of the red pepper flakes. Sooo good. I’ll be making this again soon!

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    Owen Smith
    May 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I almost forgot to mention that I used diced pork loin instead of the tofu. (We had leftover pork loin from the weekend).

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    June 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I am really late to this party, but I just came here to chime in that this recipe is ridiculously delicious. I am tofu-averse, so I made do without any protein, but I think this would be really good with chicken too. I made the sauce before I finished the rest of the dish, and I was going to say “it’s too salty, it’s too thin”….(probably a result of using regular soy sauce because I didn’t know what “tamari” was until 3 minutes ago)… but when I combined everything, it was still perfect. Cheap, fast, delicious, and healthy

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    Hi! Relatively new reader here. Just wanted you to know I made this tonight for dinner.. and it was divine. My husband, my 2 y/o and I enjoyed this so much. We love the combo of the peanut, ginger, and cilantro.. they all make for such fantastic flavour. It’s so addictive I am having my second bowl now. Guess tomorrow I must run. πŸ™‚

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    May 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it’s amazing! I added some garlic to the dressing and then threw everything together. I love it!

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      jenna
      May 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      so glad you liked it, kelli!!

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    Carrie C. in VA
    June 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I made this last week and it was amazing. And so easy. I did not have bok choy but I did have a bag of pre-shredded napa cabbage, so used that instead and it worked out fine. I love your recipes!

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    Sharona
    June 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I made this tonight and it was SO delicious. You have THE BEST recipes on your website: every single one is so unique and delicious! I can always count on you for a delicious meal! Thanks, Jenna!

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    Sarah
    July 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Hey Jenna! This is a good recipe. D thought it was very tasty πŸ™‚ We subbed peas for the bok choy because we couldn’t find it at the grocery store. Thanks for another easy and tasty recipe!

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